If you missed Part 1 of my weekend in Connecticut, you can catch up here.
After Friday night’s seafood and drinks with friends, I was struggling to get out the bed Saturday morning. Thankfully I had made late breakfast plans with one of my besties, so I snuggled under the cover for a couple of hours and then met up with her. After breakfast, I made my way to NoRa Cupcake. FINALLY!
I was so excited to be at NoRa Cupcake I forgot to pay the parking meter (thankfully I didn’t get a ticket) and I forgot to share my visit on Snapchat. But I can tell you this, if you’re in Connecticut, make sure you stop by the NoRA Cupcake shop in either West Hartford or Middletown. NoRa stands for North of Rapallo Ave, a street in Middletown, Connecticut.
After I walk into the shop and introduce myself, I’m a little mesmerized by all the pretty cupcakes and flavor choices. NoRa has over 200 cupcake flavors that they rotate each day (no not all 200 flavors are available each day).
After walking back and forth between the display cases a few times, I was finally able to decide on the Candy Explosion (vanilla M&M cake, confetti chocolate chip filling with a rainbow buttercream frosting. This cupcake was soooo pretty to just look at and when you bite into it, there’s a ‘candy explosion’ in the center. Clever!
Then I went with the Samoa Cupcake which is similar to the Girl Scout cookie. Samoas are my favorite GS cookie and this cupcake lived up to all my dreams. The flavor of the cake had just the right amount of sweetness, not to overtake the magic of the frosting. The icing and coconut topping were so good that I just wanted to dive head-in to the icing and enjoy all the goodness.
I also picked up a Hair of the Dog cupcake, which is chocolate cayenne cake, bourbon caramel cayenne fudge filling, Jameson chocolate ganache cap, and red chili flakes. This cupcake was the perfect amount of spice and sweetness. And I had to get the Irish Car Bomb which is chocolate Guinness cake, Jameson dark chocolate ganache filling, Bailey’s cream cheese frosting and finished off with a malted milk ball. Let me just say, I am not a huge fan of chocolate cake, BUT the flavor on the Irish Car Bomb was great. The Jameson and Guinness weren’t overpowering at all. My taste buds were very pleased. And THAT cream cheese icing was WHIPPED to the gods. SERIOUSLY!! The cream cheese icing was so smooth it felt like velvet on my tongue. I found myself just taking finger-spoons of the icing and just eating it.
The ladies at NoRa were nice enough to give me some minis to try as well. Minis are a perfect treat when you aren’t in the mood to share or are just need a little something to satisfy your craving. I walked out of NoRa completely pleased and very happy.
The weather in Connecticut was extremely hot last weekend, so we waited until later in the day to head to Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford.
If you haven’t been to Gouveia, it’s another must when you are in Connecticut. The vineyard sits on 140-picturesque acres and the views are so amazing.
We ordered the Cayuga White wine and a red wine as well. Unfortunately I was too busy drinking and taking selfies in the vineyard to actually look at the names on the bottle. I’m not a big fan of reds, but this wine wasn’t too dry and it was full of flavor. We ended the night at my brother’s favorite Thai restaurant Blue Elephant Trail also in West Hartford. I’ve been to Blue Elephant several times and the food and service is always good. So if you happen to be in West Hartford grabbing cupcakes from NoRa, stop by Blue Elephant and eat dinner. You will not be disappointed.
Sunday was the most anticipated day for me because it was LOBSTER DAY. We drove an hour to the waterfront in Noank, Connecticut where you can find Abbott’s Lobster and Costello’s Clam Shack. Abbott’s serves steamed seafood and Costello’s fried. I had told myself all day that I was finally going to try a lobster roll, but I peeped this menu item called New England Lobster Fest and had to get it. The New England Lobster Fest included New England Clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, clam and mussel steamers and A LOBSTER. I was in seafood heaven. I captured the seafood on Snapchat, so if you aren’t following me, you need to (username: YoSoyYayaR).
By the time the night was over I was exhausted, but sad that my trip was over so quickly. I had the best time and can’t wait to do it all over again next year.
Have you been to Connecticut before? If so, where? If not, why not? Summer and Fall are the best times to go, so plan a trip and hollar at me if you need recommendations.